Venus Awards

Recognising Local Business Women

NatWest Venus Awards Portsmouth 2014 – Finalists Announcement!

Around fifty hopeful semi-finalists in the NatWest Venus Awards Portsmouth 2014, arrived at the Langstone Hotel, Portsmouth for the very exciting finalist’s announcement.  One could sense the great expectations felt by all with each and every one of them wondering if they would be on their way to the grand Awards Ceremony at the Marriott Hotel Portsmouth on Wednesday, 1st October 2014.  Only 3 from each sponsored category would be chosen and so the competition was high.

As the sponsors, guests and supporters were all were enjoying the beautiful afternoon tea, the Venus Awards founder Tara Howard welcomed the expectant finalists and congratulated them all on reaching this stage.

The awards were founded by Tara Howard, then Managing Director of Langtry Manor Hotel in Bournemouth.  When asked her reasons for starting the awards, Tara replies…“Being a mother of four at the same time as running a successful business, I know only too well the pressures that women in business can be under.   We often undervalue ourselves and our achievements and shy away from the limelight.   I wanted to create an environment where women can be recognized for their achievements by their colleagues, friends and family as well as provide a boost for their business and themselves.  It inspires me as I experience the excitement, pride and sense of achievement of these women as they make it through the various stages of the awards.”

After all was said and done, and with tears of excitement shed in some cases, the finalists are!…

Heart Employee of the Year

Shonagh Dillon – Aurora New Dawn

Lucinda Webb – Portsmouth High School

Tracie Sharp – G Casino Gunwharf Quays

Cobweb Solutions New Media & Online Business

Zoe Lortal – Kudo Rock Ltd

Karen Griffin – Griffin Designs

Victoria Dunford – MAD – Aid/Kiss Cargo

Treasury Accountants Inspirational Woman

Mary Burgess – Mary Burgess Hypnotherapy

Karen Font-Garcia – Golden Light Reiki School/Karen Font-Garcia Coaching

Charlie Reilly – The Reilly Enterprise Ltd

NatWest Small Business

Anne Gill – Anne Gill Eyecare

Amy Kellow – Everybody Pilates Ltd

Helen McCusker – Booked PR Professional of the Year

Leila De Lara – University of Portsmouth

Jeri Oakley – MMO Limited

Kim Brown – Nature Therapy CIC

Peter Cooper Volkswagen Influential Woman of the Year

Sue Beckett – Portsmouth Music Hub

Rachel Lowe – She Who Dares UK Ltd

Carolyn Barber – The Good Mental Health Cooperative

The Car Finance Company Entrepreneur of the Year

Helen Reynolds – RIDA

Carol Morris – Elite Care Services (southern) Ltd

Julia Haviland – Brittain Marketing

Cascades Shopping Centre Customer Service Award

Carol Slark – Laurel Designs

Lisa Scott – John Pounds Community Trust

Karen Griffin – Griffin Designs

Dynamite Recruitment Business of the Year

Carol Morris – Elite Care Services (southern) Ltd

Julia Haviland – Brittain Marketing

Christine Gowing – Wispers Ltd

Town or Country Business Mother of the Year

Jodie Raferty – Dynamite Recruitment Solutions

Pauline Grant – The Utility Warehouse Discount Club Business Partner

Michelle Soper Dyer – Innovise

Home Based Business

Ruth Waller – Past Wight Heritage Consultancy, Isle of Wight

Sarah Mitas – Leaves Cuisine

Kathy Fitchett – Food Fiend Experience

Carol Slark – Laurel Designs

Julia Willkinds – Home and Dry Cleaning Ltd

Green Business of the Year

Jessamine Hislop-Newton – Little Pickles Markets

Jenna Boyson – Community Fusion

Sue Stokes – Southsea Greenhouse Community Co-op

Louise Axby-Hirst – Axby and Hirst

Rachel Mitchell – Greenbox Associate

New Business Award

Diane Newsham – Gracie Ann’s Tea Room

Hailey Shearman – The Maker’s Fayre

Gloria Miller – Gloria Miller Entertainment Ltd.

Anne Gill – Anne Gill Eyecare

Alison Colley – Real Employment Law Advice

Lifetime Achievement

Fran Cooper – Freedom Childcare Ltd.

Hammie Tappenden – In to Biz Ltd

Ruth White – The Rowans Hospice

Sue Beckett – Portsmouth Music Hub

Cheryl Buggy – Express FM

Employer of the Year

Andrew Peace – Creatiques

Pauline Grant – The Utility Warehouse Discount Club Business Partner

Natalie March – Physio-logical

Kelly Shaw – k:SPA

Matt Fox – Dynamite Recruitment Solutions

The Young Entrepreneur/Manager of the Year

Chloe Palmer – TADA Events and Gosport Festivals Ltd.

Sara Pollard – Free From Temptation Ltd

Kirsty Mallan – boxChilli


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